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Luxe and green in the city

These condos offer sustainable elements — at a price.

141 Dorchester Avenue, Unit 302, South Boston.

141 Dorchester Avenue, Unit 302, South Boston.

$969,000

141 DORCHESTER AVENUE, UNIT 302 / SOUTH BOSTON

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,844

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CONDO FEE $1,081 per month

BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full

LAST SOLD FOR First time on market

Dom Lange, Broadway Village Real Estate, 617-513-0343, broadwayvillagere.com

PROS The reasons for the Macallen Building’s Gold LEED certification include using rainwater for irrigation and installing bamboo flooring and heat-saving insulation that also deadens highway noise. The complex is at the foot of West Broadway at the edge of the Seaport District. This contemporary corner unit offers expansive views, with Back Bay in the distance. There’s 24/7 concierge, a gym, and, on the garage roof, a park with Wi-Fi, barbecue stations, and a heated pool. CONS Buyers have to get their own glass doors for the showers.

776 Boylston Street, Unit E10B, Back Bay.

776 Boylston Street, Unit E10B, Back Bay.

$4.99 MILLION

776 BOYLSTON STREET, UNIT E10B / BACK BAY

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SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,486

CONDO FEE $4,322 per month

BEDROOMS 2 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR $4.09 million in 2008

Tracy Campion, Campion and Company, 617-236-0711, campionre.com

PROS The Mandarin Oriental in Copley Square was built with renewable materials, energy-efficient lighting, and an exterior “envelope” that reduces energy use. The building includes a hotel and 49 condominiums, which get all hotel services: round-the-clock concierge, a fitness center with classes, and valet parking. The entry to this 10th-floor unit is lovely, with a slate floor, textured paint, and a view straight back to soaring living room windows overlooking Back Bay. The kitchen has high-end appliances, and the master, lots of closet space. CONS A riot of color in the laundry room is out of step with the otherwise subdued decor.

400 Stuart Street, Penthouse 2, Back Bay.

400 Stuart Street, Penthouse 2, Back Bay.

$6.5 MILLION

400 STUART STREET, PENTHOUSE 2 / BACK BAY

SQUARE FOOTAGE 3,545

CONDO FEE $4,415 per month

BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

LAST SOLD FOR First time on market

Barbara Cusack, The Clarendon, 617-267-4001, clarendonbackbay.com

PROS Indulgent, yes, but sustainable, too. The Clarendon was designed with low-VOC paints and carpets and energy-efficient HVAC systems, and it offers eco-conscious services. Occupying the 32d floor, this penthouse has breathtaking views of everything from the Citgo sign to the airport. All three bedrooms have an en suite bath; the one in the master, with onyx counters, is especially nice. The look is contemporary, with tall windows that open in. The building has 24/7 concierge service, valet parking, and a common terrace with electric grills on the sixth floor. CONS One toilet by a window is quite close to a terrace.  — Vanessa Parks

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